From the Lab: Frantz Filter

Oil filtration in retrospect seems to be old “as the hills” technology in the automotive industry. Many don’t think twice when changing their oil and adding a new OEM filter. It’s just part of the process of maintaining your vehicle. That is the status quo in the industry. Many have overlooked what an oil bypass filter system can do. Numerous particles smaller than 15 microns regularly make it through OEM filters and slowly damage your engine. A bypass filter is the only way to filter out damaging particles smaller than 15 microns.

Why Having a Bypass Filter Matters
Your engine is designed to last 1 million miles. By not using a bypass filter you’re putting an early expiration date on your engine. The smaller particles making it through your OEM filter are similar to wind blowing sand over an object. Eventually the sand begins to damage the object it’s blowing against. The object with sand being blown against it will wear out much faster than the same object with no sand being blown against it. The Frantz Bypass Filter system is specifically designed to meet rigorous filtration specifications which maximizes the life of your engine.

Frantz Filters Transformation
The entire Frantz Bypass Filter system was redesigned by LSI Scientists when the brand was acquired in 2014. One of the major redesigns was the filter media. Older Frantz Bypass Filter Systems literally used a roll of toilet paper. While the roll of toilet paper filters quite well, the media needed to be upgraded. After months of tests, two different types of filter media were introduced. The first media is the cellulose media, a tightly wound paper-like media that filters out water and antifreeze that may have gotten into your oil. The other media is a synthetic media that has been created through a melt-blown process. This synthetic filter lasts 2-3 times longer than the standard cellulose filter. The Frantz filter synthetic media is the only filter media of its kind in the industry. Results Matter The chart shown, is a result of a 3rd party oil analysis conducted by Blackstone Laboratories. These numbers come from a 6.0 L Powerstroke F-350 with over 215,000 miles. The initial sample was drawn from the dirty motor oil, that had been run for 4,711 miles. Close to its next scheduled oil change. The test results revealed 41,182 contaminating particles at 2 microns just in this small sample. The next sample was drawn from the same dirty oil (without being changed) after adding a Frantz Filter for just 200 miles. This test revealed just 1,641 contaminating particles at 2 microns. That’s an astounding 96% decrease in contamination after just 200 miles! The final sample was taken from brand new Shell Rotella Motor Oil, which revealed 1,818 contaminating particles at 2 microns. So when comparing the analysis of running dirty oil through the Frantz Filter for 200 miles to the analysis of brand new oil, it is evident that the Frantz Filter keeps your oil analytically cleaner than brand new oil.

Originally published in LSI Innovation Magazine – Issue 104

3 thoughts on “From the Lab: Frantz Filter”

  • I added a bypass filter to my 2006 power stroke. The oil had about 2000 miles on it and was BLACK. I checked the oil 30 miles later and it was clean. Now at 5000 miles it looks like sweet tea. Seeing is believing. I heard about bypass filters 20 years ago. I wish I had seen the before and after results then, because I would have put a bypass filter on everything I owned.

  • Now I don’t have a diesel truck, I have a 2006 Nissan Titan 5.6 with 186k miles and I just recently started using HSS in my engine and transmission! Damn what a difference in performance, I also added the injector cleaner to my gas. I have nothing but good things to say about the product.
    I used to use a Frantz filter on my hot rods back in the day, where can I get the new updated version of the Frantz oil filter?

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